Two ply tubular scaffolds comprised of proteins/poliglecaprone/ polycaprolactone fibers

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  • Electrospun bi-layer tubular hybrid scaffolds composed of poliglecaprone (PGC), polycaprolactone (PCL), elastin (E), and gelatin (G) were prepared and thereafter crosslinked by 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC). Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images revealed a highly porous micro-structure comprising randomly distributed non-woven fibers with the majority of fibers in submicron diameters. The EDC-crosslinking yielded an average crosslinking degree of 40%. Uni-axial tensile test of hydrated scaffolds in both longitudinal and circumferential directions revealed tensile properties, comparable to those of native arteries. The graft (PGC:PCL = 1:3) did not demonstrate significant difference before and after EDC-crosslinking in tensile strength or % strain in either longitudinal or circumferential directions. However, crosslinking increased the Young's modulus of the graft along the longitudinal direction (from 5.84 to 8.67 MPa). On the contrary, the graft (3:1) demonstrated a significant decrease in maximum strain in both directions. Cyto-assay using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) showed excellent cell viability. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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    Author List

  • Zhang X; Thomas V; Vohra YK
  • Start Page

  • 541
  • End Page

  • 549
  • Volume

  • 21
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  • 2